Saturday, November 23, 2013

Will Lambertville follow neighbor on organics recycling?

Princeton was the first municipality in New Jersey to offer green-minded residents the ability to have such organic waste as stale food and tree trimmings collected and recycled. Now the nearby city of Lambertville is considering a similar program.

Renee Kiriluk reports in the Hunterdon Democrat that Lambertville officials are considering weekly, curbside organic-food collections allowing residents to recycle such items as "too-old produce, bones, cooking grease, tea bags, greasy pizza boxes and spent bouquets."
"The city already offers curbside trash and recycling. It has steadily expanded the number of materials that may go in the recycling bucket, as well as the frequency of collection, in an effort to reduce trash disposal costs and the impact on the environment.
"Currently, the city says it sends about 3.4 million pounds of trash a year to landfills or incinerators.
"If residents approve of a separate collection for organic wastes and take part, the city anticipates that it could "drastically reduce" its trash tonnage, officials said, saving the city money and creating compost that participants could use in their gardens.
"Residents are now asked to complete an online survey, which is expected to remain open through the beginning of the year."
Full story: Compost meat and grease? Lambertville eyes curbside collection of organics

Related environmental news stories:
Food Waste: New Jersey's Next Recycling Frontier (Video)
Companies Strike Deal to Bring Organic Recycling to Connecticut
Covanta Energy, Turning Earth Provide Organics Recycling 

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